Paul F. Taylor, 81, of Effingham, passed away at 12:15 p.m. Monday, December 31, 2012, at Lakeland Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Effingham, IL.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 3, 2013 at Johnson Funeral Home in Effingham, IL, with Dr. Roger Marshall officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Effingham. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Lincolnland of Hospice. Online condolences may be left at www.johnsonandsonsfh.com
Paul was born on October 5, 1931 in Effingham, IL, the son of Paul and Ruby (Adams) Taylor.
Paul’s life centered on his love of family, friends, hunting, sports and music. In his early years, he worked at Vogt Sporting Goods in Effingham for his Uncle Frank Vogt. Paul was a great wing shot and won many trap shooting championships. Eventually, he became owner of the sporting goods. He always had a friendly ear during customer’s stories.
As for his music, he played drums in high school. This led to him being a successful musician playing in a Dixieland/Jazz band for over 35 years. He played professionally with the Barbecues, a Jazz group consisting of himself, great friend Chuck White, and his son Paul. His musical connections and contributions helped others. With local musicians, he assisted in organizing cancer benefits calling on many jazz musicians of world fame, convincing them to travel to Effingham and play their music; they filled area venues to capacity.
Paul also was on the board of directors at the First National Bank of Effingham for over 30 years. He was a life member of the Effingham Sportsman’s Club, the Effingham Elks Lodge #1016, and the Madison Jazz Society. He served in the National Guard of Illinois.
Paul’s friendly banter with all people was his calling. He never knew a stranger, and helped any friend in need.
Paul is survived by his sons, Paul F. Taylor of Morehead, KY and John (Christy) Taylor of Effingham; 7 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by parents; wife, Sally; and sisters, Shirley Claar and Betty Baldwin.